Nationals frontbencher Darren Chester has warned his party must be vigilant with membership applications, after a group of people quit the NSW branch amid allegations of links to neo-Nazi groups.
The veterans’ affairs minister and Federal Member for Gippsland said there was no room for extremist views in the Nationals, wishing ‘‘good riddance’’ to the 15 party members who resigned during a probe into their alleged white supremacist ties.
‘‘We’ve got to be careful in the sense of our vetting and checking, making sure you don’t get those type of characters trying to infiltrate your party,’’ Mr Chester told ABC radio on Thursday.
He said a process was under way in NSW to ensure it wouldn’t happen again.
‘‘I’m disappointed it’s got to this. There’s some people obviously who have tried to use the party for their own agenda,’’ Mr Chester said.
A member of the Young Nationals executive branch sent a lengthy letter to the party last Wednesday, accusing them of trial by media and leaking private information.
The man, who was implicated in revelations about an alt-right infiltration of the party earlier this month, said he and about 15 others currently under investigation would tender their resignations.
‘‘I have not been given the right of reply or a chance to explain. This is very much a Kafkaesque situation right out of The Trial,’’ the man said.